Donaldson back on track

Welshman overcoming spinal problem

By Ben Barrett.   Last Updated: 02/06/10 8:30am

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Donaldson: Welsh hopes

Donaldson: Welsh hopes

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Jamie Donaldson is delighted just to be able to take part in Thursday's Welsh Open following a back problem and doubts over his future on the Tour.

Donaldson, 34, has battled a spinal defect since 2004 and with the worst behind him the Welshman believes he can make an impact on home soil.

"I was scared of stepping off a curb it was so bad," he said.

Pars Defect is a stress fracture in the vertebrae and can cause the spine to curve, something which Donaldson says he can now handle.

"It's much more manageable now and I see the guys in the physio truck twice a day. They must be so bored - 'here he is again' - but I get properly stretched and it's been great," he said.

The world No.118 slumped to as low as 161st on the money list in 2006 and even ended up on the Challenge Tour, something which Donaldson believes may have been a blessing in disguise.

Quality

"It was a kick up the backside and since then I've played gradually better each year," he said.

Donaldson, who is yet to notch his first victory in over 200 Tour starts, believes a slight change in training may be the key.

"I didn't practice as hard as I was doing before, I can't really because of my back and it became more quality not quantity," he said.

"I used to practice like mad, but not doing so much was like starving myself, so when you come out you are hungry and you're wanting to play."

Donaldson is aiming to put his back problems firmly behind him at Celtic Manor and claiming his first tour win would be the ideal way.

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